FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and WADA President John Fahey met at the Home of FIFA in Zurich today (29 October 2009) to discuss the joint fight of the two organisations against doping worldwide. Both Presidents reinforced their strong commitment to fight doping through all existing means.
"The atmosphere throughout the meeting was one of mutual recognition, respect and trust," said Joseph S. Blatter.
"We had a fruitful meeting today. WADA is looking forward to further partnering with FIFA to advance the fight against doping through a number of initiatives," commented John Fahey. "FIFA has an extensive anti-doping programme that is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code," he added.
Among the topics of discussion were specifics of team sports and how a harmonised approach among all stakeholders (national anti-doping organisations, international federations, national associations and WADA) in the fight against doping may be reached. FIFA invited WADA to perform an independent observer mission at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
In addition to that research, initiatives were discussed that FIFA and WADA will take on in partnership, including a joint research project on the development of a biological passport in football.
Also present at the meeting were Jérôme Valcke, FIFA's Secretary General, David Howman, WADA's Director General, Dr Michel D'Hooghe, chairman of the FIFA Medical Committee, Prof. Jiri Dvorak, FIFA's Chief Medical Officer, Marco Villiger, FIFA's Director of Legal Affairs and Volker Hesse, Head of FIFA's Anti-Doping Unit.